‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers

Updated 25 October 2014

‘Pay up’ warning to electricity consumers

Electricity consumers face the risk of disconnection if their bills exceeding SR400 remain unpaid. Also, electricity bills will be issued in the names of consumers effective next year.
These regulations come into force by 2015, with the issuance of new amendments to electrical services by the Saudi Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority.
The amendments will require the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) to link the actual consumption bill to the direct beneficiary of the service, whether they are the owner of the property or a tenant.
The new amendments will also require real estate investors to finalize an agreement with the SEC to deliver electrical services for new schemes in accordance with the number of existing controls, and to establish locations and spaces suitable for power distribution units.
Investors will be required, at their own expense, to supply and implement medium voltage distribution substations within the boundaries of the planned scheme in accordance with specifications determined by the SEC, and under the supervision of a certified contractor.
The SEC will be required to cover all installation, supply, operation, distribution and maintenance expenses if the scheme comes within the established urban boundaries and grid.
Investors must cover the cost of creating an electricity line if the scheme lies outside the current urban boundaries and established infrastructure.
The amendments also set new tasks for the SEC to deliver electrical services to all villages, towns and housing complexes, provided this has been approved by the Ministry of Interior and costs are within the annual approved budget.
For households with individuals who are dependent on electricity sources, such as those whose lives depend on medical devices requiring ongoing electrical power, the amendments allow to company to cut off service for non-payment purposes only by a judge’s order, who can issue a decision upon reviewing the case.
Finally, the amendments divide tariffs for consumption of electrical power into five categories: residential, factories, trade, industrial and agricultural.
Yet the electricity company has been warned against cutting of power from hospitals, vaccine warehouses, blood banks, pumping and water stations, major telecommunication and operations centers, emergency rooms, airports and prisons.


Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

Updated 22 August 2019

Houthis target Saudi Khamis Mushayt in repeat attack

  • Houthis claimed 10 drones which hit a Saudi natural gas liquefaction plant
  • The Arab coalition said the Houthis are becoming desperate because of their losses

DUBAI: The Arab coalition destroyed two Houthi drones targeting Khamis Mushayt city in south west Saudi Arabia, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.

It was the latest in a spate of drone attacks claimed by the Houthi militia in recent weeks, including 10 drones that hit the Saudi Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the UAE border.

Arab Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition were taking all possible measures and employing best practices to intercept the drones and stop attacks,

And said the the repeated attacks showed the militants were becoming increasingly desperate as they continued to lose on a daily basis.